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Saint Matthew
Catholic Church

3005 6th Street
Ceres, CA 95307
Ph: (209) 541-1660
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Jesus Praying

The Lenten Vigil

"Then he said to them, "My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here and keep watch."
Mark 14:34.

On Friday, March 1st, 2013, St. Matthew Youth Ministry joined our Parish Community, and many who came from cities near and far, responding to such summons; the call to follow Jesus, to remain with Him and keep watch. The Lenten Vigil gathered us as one, and brought about in us a higher sense of yearning to be with Jesus, a consciousness that is often taken for granted and even forgotten. In detaching ourselves from daily obligations and own self-made dependencies, we chose to be about our Father’s Work- adhere to His Will. By Grace, we remained conscious of our desire for this Vigil, and eager to be an active participant no matter the hours, as if we knew all along that we were being called to be with our Lord in His Vigil, and keep watch.

We began our Lenten Vigil at 7:00pm with the Stations of The Cross, led by Fr. Awraha Mansoor, then continued our devotion honoring our Lord in the Eucharistic Adoration, and here, our earnest desire to remain with Christ our Lord became most evident, and here, we entered The Lenten Vigil. It was an evening of unceasing prayers and worship, silence meditation, lectures by our guest speakers, and activities led by our Parish Youth, and concluded with Fr. Peter Georgis who offered the morning Holy Mass. The message given throughout the Vigil was consistent in reminding us that we are called to be obedient to God and His Word, not half-way obedient, but rather full pledged obedient. For the adversary’s attempts to devour us from within our own vulnerability, know no rest, therefore, neither should we.

Our guest Lectors:
The Seminarians from Seminary of Mar Abba the Great in El Cajon-Ca:
Simon Esshaki: Living a Virtuous Life, doing the right things and forming good habits in order to get to Heaven.
David Stephen: The Point of Fasting and perseverance in order to achieve Holiness.
Ankido Sipo: The Holy Mass and its importance in our lives as Christians, as we participate in the sacrifice of Calvary and receive the Body and Blood of Jesus.
Royal Hannosh: The Example of Christ's Fasting and looked in detail at each of His temptations and how we could learn from the way He handled them.
St. Matthew, Dn. Alan Aldawood: Watch for False Prophets.
St. Thomas, David Baba: The Power of Prayer and Fasting.
St. Mary, Dn. Anthony Garia: Being around Holiness; A Spiritual Warfare.
St. Matthew, Divine Mercy by our St. Matthew Choir.

Let us pray, Lord God and Heavenly Father, we Thank you for the many blessings you sent our way and the messengers, whom You chose, to deliver them. We thank you for our Parish and all who willed to be our partners in prayers and labor, to be with us about Your Work, Amen.

In Christ,
Saint Matthew youth learning & evangelizing Ministry

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